New Brief

Ideas for new brief

  • Mold
  • Discoloration
  • Bacteria
  • Chemical Dissolution
  • Biodegradation of natural materials

Biodegradation is the chemical dissolution of materials by bacteria, fungi, or other biological means.

  • To be consumed by microorganism

  • Organic material can be degraded aerobicall with oxygen, or anaerobically, without oxygen
  • Biosurfactant, an extracellular surfactant secreted by microorganisms, enhances the biodegradation process.

Lichen – Contamination – Bacteria – Decay


This module is a studio and workshop based research project, which is designed to explore the principles of material design. Through various workshops the focus will be to experiment the introduced theme through manipulating material in its broadest sense and in a creative and innovative manner.

Research is a fundamental element giving the infrastructure to inform and develop ideas. Primary Research will be lead through photography, followed by exploration of materials in a more tactile manner. Contextual research of contemporary artists and Designers will be crucial to inspire and expand ideas in order to give a personal and innovative response.

My inspiration for this module will begin with Biodegradation. I realise this is quite a broad topic but like the previous module, I am hoping through experimenting ideas and developing processes I will naturally narrow down the theme. My areas of interest within this topic are discoloration of natural materials and more specifically mould.

I intend to visit Scrap stuff in Farsley to find interesting and unusual creative materials that I can use in this module.

Like the previous module I plan to carry out various experiments to develop my knowledge of material and refine processes. I am hoping to engage with some new workshops which I have signed up to already. As I am aware of the limitations or resources due to the third year deadline, I have set aside some time to pursue some individual studies.

I propose to achieve a wide variety of experimental samples which will have explored the theme thoroughly.


Elisa Strozyk

Elisa is a German textile designer who studied at Central Saint Martins, London. She has an incredible gift of being able to turn wood, into delicate paper-like material. She creates interior products like rugs, bed covers and table cloths using materials that are not typically used in textile designs.

She creates her products by using two different materials, which are wood and linen, to create flexible wooden textiles.

Her process consists of deconstructing the wood with a laser cutter so that it makes multiple small pieces. She then lays a textiles base and begins to hand stick the pieces back to the fabric, organizing them determined on colour and grain.

In an interview she says she wants to create something ‘surprising, new and tactile’.

My instant attraction to her work was the delicacy of the very innovative designs. She uses wood veneers which tend to be cherry and maple due to their flexibility. Having created some small wood laminates from veneers this is something I can relate to. After watching a video Elisa talked a lot about her love for the material she is using. She said she could never get bored of it as there are so many more ways to explore it. This is a great way of looking at materials and is something I want to keep in mind when carrying out experiments and techniques.

She is constantly looking at new paths to take her creative designs.